One of the most important things we can do to live better, happier lives is to practice compassion - both for ourselves and for others. If today isn't going your way, remember that's okay. Be kind to yourself by practising self-compassion. Here are some ways to do that:
- Treat yourself as you would a small child, or a dear friend or family member
Be kind, gentle and understanding with yourself, especially when you are struggling.
- Give yourself permission to be imperfect
Trying to be perfect can be exhausting. Remember that you are enough just as you are.
- Make nice plans with yourself
Rather than spending your time on social media watching other people living their lives, find activities that inspire and challenge you, and make them a priority.
- End your day reflecting on the things you did well
We can spend a lot of our time and energy dwelling on what we didn't accomplish in a day. Instead, spend at least one minute at the end of the day thinking about what you did get done
- Give yourself encouragement
Your inner critic will not help you through the challenges you face. Encourage yourself - be proud of your accomplishments, believe that you can do what you set out to do, open yourself to learning and growing, and be your own best friend.